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happy halloween!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

I hope you all have a spooktacular Halloween/Samhain. I thought I had a creepy link to share with you but I’m completely blanking out now. Oh well, I do have a jack-o-lantern at least. No, I didn’t carve it. My wrist begged me not to do all that scraping after a night of comicking and I obliged. I did harass the hell out of my friend all month about carving one so that might count for something. Thanks Gabe. 🙂

According to the History Channel, here is a little history on why we have Jack-O-Lanterns:
People have been making jack-o-lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.

Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with it ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”

In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits. In England, large beets are used. Immigrants from these countries brought the jack o’lantern tradition with them when they came to the United States. They soon found that pumpkins, a fruit native to America, make perfect jack o’lanterns.

Here’s Gabe’s pumpkin carving goodness:

Gabe's Jack O'Lantern
See you next week

<3 calan

18 Responses to “happy halloween!”

  1. Scary Stories Says:

    Good post. I knew a little about the turnip carving but I didn’t realise it was an Irish tradition. That’s a cool legend about Jack and the devil as well.

    (PS if you’re looking for a scary link, try my website. There’s some scary stuff for halloween there.)

  2. Zef Says:

    oh i love this one, Vendetta’s costume is the scariest ever! well… if you’re Ginger 🙂

    happy halloween!

  3. Gabe Says:

    commence the charade
    frolic in shadows
    don’t be afraid
    on the day of all hallows

    the veil is withdrawn
    ghouls prance at our sides
    human and faun
    ’til darkness subsides

  4. Paining Aimee Says:

    haha! i’m soo dressing up as a milk carton next year!

  5. calan Says:

    take pictures!

  6. Starguy Says:

    I would love to dress up today but unfortunately I have to work today 🙁

  7. Seraphine Says:

    I love the Jack o’lantern story, and
    your hot sexy drawing of the devil.

    devil dance with me
    cloven hooves and heady horns
    meet curvacious tail

  8. calan Says:

    there’s always tonight, starguy. 😉

    ooh seraphine, that’s a sexy haiku! rawr!

  9. Hyena Says:

    A treat to find through Reiko
    I dig your style
    Merry Samhain to you all!

  10. calan Says:

    glad you found me Hyena. Bright Samhain Blessings 🙂

  11. Rampage Says:

    I like the devil you made.

  12. coolioness Says:

    EVerybody loves Ven’s costume! And Linore, (sp?) so fearless!

  13. eric Says:

    Hey there it’s Eric (Colleen’s friend) I like the comic very cool. Im going to check out 2ndlife, from what I have seen looks cool.E

  14. calan Says:

    hey eric, glad you like it. see you in SL 😉

  15. Matt Newton Says:

    Hehe… lovely Halloween strip. I really like the way you drew the Devil.

  16. Rodro Says:

    cool strip! and that is one radtacular pumpkin, Gabe! I carved a Shakespeare head into mine 😛

  17. Hey There Khalilah Says:

    oo, the last panel reminds me of that shirt with the skeleton hands grabbing the wearers boobs! ;P

  18. resident wiccan Says:

    appreciate the drawings. thanks for recognizing the sabbat

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